The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Western Cape Library Service and the Saldanha Bay Municipality in partnership with the SABDC hosted the first of the three-day NBW programmes at the Weskus Mall in Vredenburg.
Amongst some of the dignitaries in attendance was NBW ambassador and award-winning singer-songwriter Chad Saaiman who moved the audience with his heartwarming motivational talk. He spoke about how reading has shaped his career and has saved his life.
“I got shot during [a] hijacking. Thankfully, knowledge saved my life. I remembered reading how to stop the bleeding from a gunshot wound, all through a book I read during my teen years,” he relayed, highlighting just what a significant impact something as simple as reading a book did for him.
Following a keynote address by The Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Ms. Anroux Marais, she did an official handover of books to the children in attendance, on behalf of the Western Cape Library Service.
Learners from Masiphatisane Primary School read local books to the guests in English, Afrikaans and IsiXhosa. After all, September is Heritage Month and what better way to celebrate our diverse heritage than to buy, share and read books by proudly South African Authors?